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Kate Fitzpatrick

Associate Professor of Music Education, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; Associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs

Kate Fitzpatrick, associate professor of music education at the University of Michigan, is the author of the 2015 Oxford University Press book, “Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers,” and is a prolific researcher. Her research focuses on the experiences of historically marginalized populations within music education, especially under-resourced music programs, teachers, and students within the urban environment. Her work on poverty centers around the relationship between socioeconomic status, instrumental music participation, and standardized test scores, and experiences of music teachers and students with regard to addressing poverty and lack of resources. She has also published research addressing barriers to access and retention of historically marginalized populations within undergraduate music education degree programs. An avid supporter of public school music programs, Fitzpatrick is the former Director of Instrumental Music at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio, where she directed the district’s largest band and orchestra program, and former Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Louisville. As a teacher, Fitzpatrick was the recipient of the 2003 God and Country Award, presented for her “outstanding, sensitive leadership of young people.”

Ph.D. Northwestern University; M.A. and B.A. The Ohio State University